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  • 1. History

    Llandrindod was a spa town at the end of the 19th century, when the activity of “taking the waters” became fashionable. As visitors began flocking to the town, it developed rapidly. A pump room and bath house was built around a newly discovered spring in 1867, and this became known as the Rock Park Spa. The man-made lake in the centre of the town was also built around this...Read more time. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Llandrindod Wells is the county town of Powys and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is known as a market town and a spa town. The Victorian influence on the town is still very apparent today and there are many Victorian buildings, houses and parks alongside modern facilities. Due to its central location in Wales, the town is developing as a conference and business me...Read moreeting destination. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The town takes a step back in time every August for the Victorian Festival. This nine-day event includes street entertainment, dancing, costume parades, concerts, talks, exhibitions and more. The Heart of Wales Walking Festival is held in September and features a selection of guided walks to suit all ages and abilities. Walks follow different themes such as churches, natural h...Read moreistory and geology. The Royal Welsh Show is held in nearby Llanelwedd and attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. This agricultural event includes animals, displays, entertainment and more. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    The National Cycle Collection tells the story of the bicycle, from the Penny Farthing to the present day, with around 250 machines on display. This attraction also has a programme of changing exhibitions. The town’s Radnorshire Museum tells the story of the spa town and its Victorian hey day through its collections of artefacts and exhibitions.

  • 5. Things To Do

    The Llandrindod Wells Sports Centre includes a 20m swimming pool, sports hall and gymnasium. Rock Park, in the town centre, includes a man-made lake that is used for fishing and model boating. The wooded park also includes footpaths and open spaces. Many people visit Llandrindod Wells to enjoy the surrounding countryside, and there are plenty of cycle paths and walking routes...Read more to take advantage of in this region. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The town has an open-air market every Friday and a farmers’ market on the last Thursday of every month. The town has a growing reputation as a conference destination and its list of venues includes the Pavilion Conference Centre, with a capacity for 500, and the MRC Wales conference centre.

  • 7. Transport

    By car, the town is reached by the A44 to the east, the A470 to the south, and north west and the A483 to the north and to the south west. Cardiff is the nearest airport to the town, followed by Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester airports. The Heart of Wales train line travels from Shrewsbury to Swansea and stops in Llandrindod Wells. National Express coaches also ...Read moremake stops in the region. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Albert Hall, in the town centre, was built in 1922 and is still in use today as a venue for amateur theatre and concert performances. Many pubs in the town double up as venues for live music. The Weyside Arts Centre, in nearby Builth Wells, includes a cinema, theatre and art galleries and has a packed and varied programme of live events.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The man-made lake, in the town’s Rock Park, is home to a large sculpture of a water serpent and leaping carp. The scales are made of thousands of copper plates. The Rock Park Heritage Centre, in Rock Park, is the subject of an ongoing restoration programme by the Spa Town Trust. This Grade II listed building was originally a spa and pump house.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    The town has its own mythical creatures known as the Llandoddies. These elf-like characters have many legends surrounding them and there is even a book, a fan club and website dedicated to them. Wooden sculptures of the Llandoddies can be found in the town.


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